Quayside Fest: New West’s largest garage sale on Saturday

Back for a third year, the Quayside Festival & Sidewalk Sale will be back on the Quayside boardwalk this Saturday August 22nd from 10-3, with more tables, more entertainment, more activities and more food than ever before. Organized by the Quayside Community Board which represents over 4,000 residents in the Quayside area of New Westminster,Read More

Back for a third year, the Quayside Festival & Sidewalk Sale will be back on the Quayside boardwalk this Saturday August 22nd from 10-3, with more tables, more entertainment, more activities and more food than ever before.

Quayside Festival (2008 file photo)
Quayside Festival (2008 file photo)

Organized by the Quayside Community Board which represents over 4,000 residents in the Quayside area of New Westminster, the Quayside Festival will be a fun time for New Westminster residents young and old.

With over 100 tables booked, come bargain-hunt, there is sure to be incredible treasures and ‘finds’ for everyone. Port Metro Vancouver will be present with Salty the Seagull, games, and prizes.

With so many vendors and so much browsing, take a break and enjoy one of the two bands that will be playing. The Jaimie Dale Band will be performing all day at Reliance Court featuring a unique mix of Blues, R&B and Rock. And Legal Limit will be entertaining crowds at K de K performing covers of hits of today and yesterday.

Make a day of the festival – there’s plenty of food on site as well. The Tim Hortons Community Cruiser will be on scene in the morning with coffee and timbits. The Lions Club will be selling hot dogs and cold drinks.  TJ’s Nut Hut will have fresh-roasted hot nuts available.  Riva Café located beside the River Market will be serving a salmon barbeque. QMFM 103.5 will be on site giving out Tetley Ice Tea and Talk 1040AM will have Lillydale Turkey Smokies to sample.

New West City Councillor Betty McIntosh at last year's Quayside Festival
New West City Councillor Betty McIntosh at last year's Quayside Festival

We’re also very proud to say all unsold items will be donated to the St. Barnabas thrift shop to help fund their good work in the community. Bring your cans and non-perishable goods; donations for the New Westminster Food Bank will be accepted at the festival tent. Or swing by and buy a raffle ticket with over $1,000 in prizes available, all proceeds going to the Royal City Musical Theatre Society.

Of course none of this could be possible without the help of all our volunteers and sponsors. If you want to help add to this community event, come on out at 7am to help move tables – a great workout to start the day and get you ready for all the food and fun.

Who know a small annual community garage sale hosted by The Lido at Renaissance Square, which began nearly a decade ago, would grow in to what is sure to be one of the biggest events of the year in New Westminster.

Matthew Laird

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5 comments

  1. Just home from the Quayside Festival. Woah, good civic time! Lots of famous New Westies in attendance: great to meet FedLib nominee for NW-Coquitlam riding Ken Lee for example.

    We took back some great finds including a brass rubbing of some medieval effigies taken in Westminster Cathedral (I know, the irony…er…brassery); a neat lamp and some kiddie toys for the toddler.

    Great to see the town having fun.

  2. Seemed like everyone was there! Ran into a lot of people, and came home with a few finds. It was nice to visit our old neighbourhood too. Quayside is a great place to live!

  3. Wish we could have been there! I’ve missed it every year now – its a popular weekend for weddings and this year was no exception for us!

  4. Hey Everyone,
    Thank you for the headline and the comments. The day was amazing for sure. We have been told up to 5,000 people or more came down to the Quay and up to 2,500 people where in the area at any given time during the day – WOW! At one point Reliance Court was standing room only!
    We were told that this was the largest “outdoor” garage sale in BC. Love to know if that is true!
    The Record did a great 4 page spread with graphics from STC Communication that got a lot of attention and brought people down.
    Matt and I just want to thank Tenth to the Fraser and everyone that helped get the word out. All our volunteers that showed up on Friday and Saturday to help (and there was a record number of volunteers).
    So look for us next year to be bigger maybe even the length of the boardwalk!
    Cheers,
    James Crosty, President, Quayside Community Board

  5. I bought two bamboo bowls for $2.50 each. My purchases were happy ones.

    The guy selling 189 Star Trek novels must be ready to move on to Twilight. Free Timmies and free hot dogs was a nice bonus. Well done New West.

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